Simple things to remember

In spite of your best efforts, some things are just out of your control

That’s just 1 quote from 10 Simple Things to Remember.  I bought it Friday night in Georgetown during the holiday tree lighting.  It was supposed to be a gift, but I like it so much, I think i’ll keep it and replace it for the recipient 😉  It’s a really cute little inspirational book.  I think i’ll be using it a lot.

Speaking of inspiration, I stumbled across a new blog a few months ago and think I made myself a new friend.  I reached out to Lisa because she had a really inspirational story.  http://earlymorningrun.blogspot.com/  She is so positive, it’s really refreshing.  After trading a few emails with her, she made me really feel more at ease with all of the testing i’ve been going through.   I was desperate to find a runner who had something similar going on.  I’m not going to say that I have had anywhere near the same experience as her, but it was nice to talk to someone who could relate.  You better believe she’s in my Google reader now 🙂

To be honest, I haven’t thought much about White Rock this weekend, other than taking off of work and canceling my extra hotel.  I can’t control how i’m going to feel or the weather, so i’m going to try not to worry about it.   Haha, i’ll just pack half my closet. What is important is that I have fun with my mom and sister and celebrate their accomplishments.  My hope is we all cross the finish happy and healthy.

My labs came back today, inconclusive once again.  Monday-Wednesday I get to do a low-dose Dexamethasone suppression test.  One more thing that is out of my control.  I am hopeful this test will show something.

I’m off to focus on something that IS in my control, making Dan an awesome dinner and finishing our Christmas decor.  🙂

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Recipe Review: Quinoa stuffed acorn squash

Easy vegetarian meal.  I made half the recipe, because I only had 1 squash and I knew Dan wouldn’t eat it.   Left out the beans, only because I forgot, it was good without, but would have added more protein.  I drizzled more EVOO over the top before serving, to get a serving of healthy oil.

Believe me, it’s way more tasty than my crummy cell phone photo would lead you to believe 😉

Quinoa-Stuffed Roasted Squash

makes:4 servings
2 medium acorn squash (about 1 1/2 lb each)
1/2 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed, well drained
1 cup vegetable broth 
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/3 cup sliced green onions
1/4 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
1/4 teaspoon dried rubbed sage
1/4 cup sweetened dried cranberries
1/4 cup coarsely chopped pecans, toasted
1/2 cup cannellini beans, drained and rinsed (from 19-oz can),
1/2 teaspoon grated orange peel
2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh parsley
1. Heat oven to 375°F. Spray 15x10x1-inch baking pan with cooking spray. Cut each squash lengthwise in half; remove seeds and fibers. Cut 1/8-inch slice from bottom of each half so squash will sit flat in step 4. Place squash, cut sides down, in pan; bake 30 minutes. 
2. Meanwhile, in 1-quart saucepan, heat quinoa and broth to boiling; reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer 15 minutes or until all liquid is absorbed.
3. In 10-inch skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Cook onions, garlic and sage in oil about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until onions are crisp-tender; remove from heat. Add cranberries; stir until coated. Stir in cooked quinoa and all remaining ingredients except parsley until blended.
4. Remove squash from oven; turn squash, cut sides up. Divide quinoa mixture evenly among squash halves, pressing down on filling to form slight mound over cavity. Cover loosely with foil. Bake 30 minutes longer or until squash is tender and filling is thoroughly heated. Sprinkle with parsley.

Nutritional Information
 
1 Serving: Calories 380 (Calories from Fat 90); Total Fat 10g (Saturated Fat 1g, Trans Fat 0g); Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 280mg; Total Carbohydrate 62g (Dietary Fiber 14g, Sugars 12g); Protein 8g Percent Daily Value*: Vitamin A 30%; Vitamin C 25%; Calcium 15%; Iron 25%

Source:  Eat Better America

WW P+ as written:  9

Things that make me smile

Thanksgiving weekend edition 😉  Please excuse the cell phone photos, lol!

My top chef tending to the smoker on Thanksgiving.  One of the only times every year he’ll wake up that early or cook.  He makes the BEST turkey!

My kitty Missy.  Look at those “Puss in Boots” eyes.  Who can resist?

Leftovers made into turkey tacos.  Super easy, wish I had more leftovers!  Just chopped turkey, some Penzey’s Salsa seasoning, peppers and onions sauteed in EVOO, lettuce, tomato, and corn tortillas.

New recipe-quinoa stuffed acorn squash (recipe coming soon)

Finale of the holiday weekend.  School night sessions at Threadgill’s with Adam Hood on Sunday night

I’ve got a feelin

Ever get one of those weird feelings?  Like you know something has happened or is happening and you are completely out of the loop that it’s even going on?

Yeah, I  have one of those feelings.  Not even sure about what.  Just an uneasy, not good feeling 😦

Maybe the weather is screwing with my instincts.

Waiting game

My tests have been turned in to the lab. 3-night on Friday and the 24-hour on Monday.  Now it’s back to waiting.

Had a rheumotology appointment on Monday. I LOVED the Dr., he’s a distance runner. However, he doesn’t think he’ll need to see me again. He did say he’d keep an eye on my latest cortisol tests because he wants to see the results and see how they are going to proceed. If they don’t have any ideas, then he said he may submit me for some tests. But most of the initial tests he does, I’ve already had from my primary Dr.

I’ve been back in the gym more regularly with the strength training, but it’s SO hard.  My muscles cooperate a lot more with the running than they do with the strength training.  I had 2 decent sessions on Sunday and this morning.  Baby steps.

I’ve noticed increased size in my thighs, and not in a good way in the last 2 months 😦  This combined with the freak stretch marks not associated with weight gain is incredibly frustrating.  Just 1 more of my symptoms that bothers me on a daily basis.  I’ve been treating them for a few months with BioOil, but so far, no real improvement.  Before the summer, the only stretch marks I had were on my hips from when I was overweight.

Started working on the house and Thanksgiving prep on Sunday.  I’ve had zero gluten, since the beginning of the summer.  On Sunday, after i’d made the perfect pan of cornbread to put in the Bateman family dressing, something possessed me to have one 2×2 square.  Seriously, when I turned it out onto the cutting board, it was perfect in color, texture, and it smelled GOOD.   Bad bad idea.  I’ve been miserable ever since then.  I knew better and am paying the price 😦  Guess I was secretly hoping I wouldn’t react any more. 

I am really looking forward to the rest of this week.  It should certainly take my mind off the medicial stuff if I stay feeling good.  1 day of work left, then cleaning, cooking, and fun.  Oh yeah and some fun workouts and shopping with my mom (sister is out of state).  Maybe I can get the guys to walk over the holiday.  Nothing breaks my heart more than the 2 men I love the most, not taking care of themselves 😦  Believe me, that’s a whole blog series on it’s own.

Here’s to food, fitness, and fun!  And a few days away from work 🙂

Repeat

I had been feeling better for the most part (minus last Saturday).  This week was alright, then Friday, I felt horrible 😦  Not sure what triggered it, the only thing I could think of is that I was upset about my first visit with a new Dr, who replaced my favorite Dr who moved to Washington over the summer (not related to my diagnosis we’re working on).    She is nice, but nothing like him 😦 

Monday afternoon I got a call from the Endocrinologist’s office.  They were asking me to repeat my last 3 tests for cortisol (a 3 night, a blood, and a 24 hour)  Why?  Because 1 of the last tests which had 3 parts, 2 of them came back with results, 1 didn’t, so they couldn’t make a decision.  So that 3 part test was repeated and turned in to the lab yesterday.

The other test has to be done for 24 hours starting tomorrow morning.  That gets turned in Monday morning.  After that, blood work.

Then off to my 1st appointment with the Rheumotologist.  Hopefully he has some ideas.  I picked him specifically because he said he was a distance runner in his bio.  I figured at least we could connect through that and could give me some advice in that department and how it relates to my issues, because as of now, none of the Dr’s really could tell me anything about the workouts in confidence.

Speaking of workouts, I had a BODPOD done Friday morning.  As a suspected, I’ve lost muscle which is incredibly upsetting.  I just don’t have the stamina for weights on most days, but i’m going to keep trying.  I may have to approach the strength training in a different way.

Just trying to keep moving forward and being positive.  It’s hard, because I feel like I am running around in circles.  Hopefully between this batch of tests and throwing another specialist into the mix, i’ll be 1 step closer to figuring out what is wrong and how to fix it!